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Lord of the Flies (Anniversary Edition) Hardcover – 2 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Anniversary Ed edition (2 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571224520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571224524
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 771 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,806,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon Review

Lord of the Flies , William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island, is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair hair," and Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: "He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet." Golding's gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition. --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"The most influential novel...since Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye"."
-- Time

""Lord of the Flies "[is my selection for The Book That Changed My Life] because it is both a story with a message and because it is a great tale of adventure. My advice about reading is to do a lot of it."
-- "Stephen King, for the National Book Foundation, The Book That Changed My Life"

"[T]his brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return (in a few weeks) to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality. "Lord of the Flies" does. It must also be superbly written. It is."
-- The New York Times Book Review

"[S]parely and elegantly written..."Lord of the Flies" is a grim anti-pastoral in which adults are disguised as children who replicate the worst of their elders' heritage of ignorance, violence, and warfare."
-- Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books


""Lord of the Flies" is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years."
--Suzanne Collins, author of "The Hunger Games"
"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."
--"Stephen King"
"The most influential novel...since Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye.""
--Time
"This brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return (in a few weeks) to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality. "Lord of the Flies" does. It must also be superbly written. It is."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Sparely and elegantly written..."Lord of the Flies" is a grim anti-pastoral in which adults are disguised as children who replicate the worst of their elders' heritage of ignorance, violence, and warfare."
--Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books

""Lord of the Flies"is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years."
Suzanne Collins, author of"The Hunger Games"
"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."
"Stephen King"
"The most influential novel...since Salinger's"Catcher in the Rye.""
Time
"This brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return (in a few weeks) to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality."Lord of the Flies"does. It must also be superbly written. It is."
The New York Times Book Review
"Sparely and elegantly written..."Lord of the Flies"is a grim anti-pastoral in which adults are disguised as children who replicate the worst of their elders' heritage of ignorance, violence, and warfare."
Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books"

"Lord of the Fliesis one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years."
Suzanne Collins, author ofThe Hunger Games
"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."
Stephen King
"The most influential novel...since Salinger'sCatcher in the Rye."
Time
"This brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return (in a few weeks) to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality.Lord of the Fliesdoes. It must also be superbly written. It is."
The New York Times Book Review
"Sparely and elegantly written...Lord of the Fliesis a grim anti-pastoral in which adults are disguised as children who replicate the worst of their elders' heritage of ignorance, violence, and warfare."
Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books"

"Lord of the Fliesis one of my favorite books. I still read it every couple of years."
Suzanne Collins, author ofThe Hunger Games trilogy
"I finished the last half of Lord of the Fliesin a single afternoon, my eyes wide, my heart pounding, not thinking, just inhaling....My rule of thumb as a writer and reader largely formed by Lord of the Flies is feel it first, think about it later."
Stephen King
"This brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return [in a few weeks] to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality.Lord of the Fliesdoes. It must also be superbly written. It is."
The New York Times Book Review"

"Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. I still read it every couple of years."
--Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games trilogy

"I finished the last half of Lord of the Flies in a single afternoon, my eyes wide, my heart pounding, not thinking, just inhaling....My rule of thumb as a writer and reader--largely formed by Lord of the Flies--is feel it first, think about it later."
--Stephen King

"This brilliant work is a frightening parody on man's return [in a few weeks] to that state of darkness from which it took him thousands of years to emerge. Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality. Lord of the Flies does. It must also be superbly written. It is."
--The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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